On Friday, June 2, saxophonist Marques Adams passed away in Atlanta. Marques was a member of the Chapter, a Florida-based R&B-jazz-soul group. With the Chapter, Marques composed “Derrty Jazz,” an instrumental off the album The Return of Real Soul Music that held acclaim in Europe. Adams was currently a senior Jazz Studies and Commercial Music major at Florida A&M University.
Marques, also known as “Quez,” co-founded a neo-soul group called CONCEPT. The group was composed mostly of Marques and his high school friends and toured the North Florida music scene with a variety of original compositions and covers. During his brief but successful career, Marques appeared with Isaac Hayes, Jill Scott, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Big Daddy Blues & Red Hot Java, Bobby Watson, George Duke and Jimmy Heath, covering styles from blues and soul to straightahead jazz. In a recent e-mail, baritone saxophonist and Roy Hargrove sideman Jason Marshall wrote the following: “Mr. Adams was a close personal friend and mentor of mine. When I first started college, Marques was a classmate of mine as well as the standard by which all other area saxophonists were measured. His dedication, talent and generosity will always be an inspiration to me.”